Here we find the source and inspiration of all our efforts at evangelization.For if we have received the love which restores meaning to our lives, how can we fail to share that love with others? The delightful and comforting joy of evangelizing 9. Every authentic experience of truth and goodness seeks by its very nature to grow within us, and any person who has experienced a profound liberation becomes more sensitive to the needs of others. If we wish to lead a dignified and fulfilling life, we have to reach out to others and seek their good.
God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt, and the desire to do good fades. Many fall prey to it, and end up resentful, angry and listless.
That is no way to live a dignified and fulfilled life; it is not God’s will for us, nor is it the life in the Spirit which has its source in the heart of the risen Christ. I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day.
Perhaps the most exciting invitation is that of the prophet Zephaniah, who presents God with his people in the midst of a celebration overflowing with the joy of salvation. Mary’s visit to Elizabeth makes John leap for joy in his mother’s womb (cf. In her song of praise, Mary proclaims: “My spirit rejoices in God my Saviour” (Lk ).
I find it thrilling to reread this text: “The Lord, your God is in your midst, a warrior who gives you the victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing, as on a day of festival” (). When Jesus begins his ministry, John cries out: “For this reason, my joy has been fulfilled” (Jn ). His message brings us joy: “I have said these things to you, so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete” (Jn ).
He then goes on to say: “But I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you” (Jn ).